Sited on the Web

'Ben's Attic' Lists Used Equipment and Furniture

To help University departments buy from and sell to each other surplus equipment and furniture, Acquisition Services has developed a website called "Ben's Attic."

The site (no longer available) functions as a kind of classified section for University-owned property that can be bought by other University offices or labs. It is updated each weekend to show new listings in lab and office equipment, furniture, and vehicles "For Sale" or "Wanted".

"Reuse of surplus equipment allows maximum use of equipment purchased by the University while saving departments the cost of purchasing new equipment and furniture," said Ralph Maier of Acquisitions Services.

The department name, contact name, phone number and e-mail address are displayed with each listing so that interested parties can easily contact the listing department directly. An item or a request can be listed for up to 90 days.

User-friendly instructions on how to process a transfer of surplus equipment or furniture are also posted at the site, which is operated by Acquisitions Services under the University's Property Management Guidelines.

Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 7, October 13, 1998